The Yankees had a game in hand during a stretch where they’ve struggled to find wins, and they gave it away. It wasn’t too long ago that the Yankees stole a game away from the Mets in the Bronx, and today the Mets got revenge, walking off in extras thanks to a Pete Alonso home run. The final is 9-7, and the season series ends in a tie.
Winners of the Game
The offense has been dormant of late, but they did their part today. They put up seven runs, and it began by getting four in the second inning. Luke Voit delivered the big hit, a two-run double to give J.A. Happ a four-run lead. That was the only hit for Voit, but he also walked twice and continues to be one of the most consistent pieces of the lineup.
They didn’t stay dormant after getting a solid lead, either. Gio Urshela, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks all delivered RBI hits in the later innings, after the Mets tied things up. It looked to be a comfortable enough lead, but...
Losers of the Game
The pitching just did not have it today. Happ squandered the four runs he was handed, blowing the lead in the fourth inning. He did manage to last another inning, and all things considered it’s not the worst performance he’s had this season, but it’s a big step down from his 7.1 inning-gem he had in his last start.
Then Adam Ottavino and Chad Green each worked a clean inning of work to bridge the gap to the back of the bullpen, where the trouble started again. Zack Britton made his second appearance since returning from the IL, and he got into a jam quickly this time. A one-out double from Todd Frazier and a walk to Dominic Smith brought the tying run to the plate, and Amed Rosario plated both of them with a single to bring the game within one run.
That would not be enough of a lead for Aroldis Chapman. Chapman entered in the ninth and served a leadoff walk to Jeff McNeil, who was pinch-run for by Billy Hamilton. Hamilton wound up running into an out at third, which proved vital after J.D. Davis immediately followed that up with a solo home run to tie the game. Albert Abreu would not prove effective in the tenth either, serving a two-run shot up to Pete Alonso to end things.